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    Clemson baseball dominates N.C. State in game one of series

    Matt Mynes, Contributor

    Two Clemson baseball players throw the ball around during a game versus South Carolina.

    The Clemson Tigers handled the N.C. State Wolfpack 14-3 on Friday in game one of the weekend series.  

    Clemson came ready to play and got off to a hot start offensively in the first inning.  

    The Tigers notched three straight hits to open the inning, including a run batted in (RBI) single from third baseman Max Wagner to make it 1-0 Clemson.  

    Clemson would tack on two more runs in the first inning after catcher Cooper Ingle scored on a fielder’s choice and Wagner came home on an error, making it 3-0 Clemson.  

    “Offensively, we set the tone in the first inning,” said Clemson head coach Monte Lee following the win. “You could see that momentum build in our dugout.” 

    The Tigers rode that momentum throughout the next few innings of the game. 

    In the third inning, it was much of the same as Clemson added another run off three straight hits. Left fielder Chad Fairey singled into right field to make it 4-0 Clemson.  

    The Tigers poured it on in the fourth, scoring seven runs in the inning to blow the game open.  

    Clemson notched three RBI singles in the fourth from second baseman Blake Wright, first baseman Bryar Hawkins and Fairey, as well as a two-run double from right fielder Caden Grice to make it 11-0. 

    Clemson would tally on three more runs in the sixth inning, propelling them ahead 14-0. 

    N.C. State was able to avoid the shutout, getting its scoring started late in the game. 

    Right fielder Noah Soles hit a solo home run in the seventh inning, and center fielder Devonte Brown hit a solo homer in the ninth to give N.C. State its first two runs.  

    The Wolfpack would add one more run in the ninth off an RBI single from designated hitter Tommy White, bringing the final score to 14-3.  

    On the defensive side, the Tigers were able to keep the Wolfpack’s bats at bay for most of the game. 

    Clemson starting pitcher Mack Anglin bounced back well after a rough stretch of outings. Anglin went five innings allowing three hits, no runs, three walks and struck out eight batters.   

    “Needed him to bounce back after a couple tough starts and give us a great start, and he certainly did that today,” Lee said. “Couldn’t be more proud of Mack.” 

    Following Anglin, the Clemson bullpen wasn’t perfect today, but the unit combined to go four innings, allowing four hits, three runs, four walks, striking out five along the way.   

    Clemson’s entire lineup put together good at-bats, drawing 11 walks as a team. Six different players combined for two hits or more.  

    Clemson (18-7) will look to keep the momentum going in game two of the series on Saturday, April 2nd, at 6 p.m. at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  

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